Emma Inglis was almost the villain in the eyes of the Melbourne Renegades fans after she made a horrendous blunder, which forced a 'Super Over 'against the Sydney Sixers in their Women's Big Bash League match.
The Sixers needed three runs from their final ball to win the match and, as their batswoman Sarah Aley connected with the ball, it looked like there was only going to be a single run which would have given the Renegades a win by the narrowest of margins.
But no-one was prepared for what happened next. Well, apart from Aley.
As Inglis caught the ball, she was not standing over the stumps, which meant when she threw the ball up in the air. It landed on the floor which gifted Aley the chance of an extra run to take the game into a Super Over. As the Renegades were celebrating, and she threw herself to the crease to gain it.
According to The Laws of Cricket, section 188.8.131.52 states that the ball is considered dead "when it is finally settled in the hands of the wicketkeeper or of the bowler" but whether a match is finished or not is "a matter for the umpire alone to decide."
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Take a look at the crazy moment:
Aley's efforts were all in vain, though, as the Renegades eventually triumphed in the Super Over to move just two points behind their opponents in the table.
Renegades captain Amy Satterthwaite had no idea of the 'dead ball' ruling as the play was happening, and it saw the team looking baffled as the umpire made their decision.
"It was an interesting moment," she said. "It was pretty frustrating in a way.
"We learned what it means for the ball to be dead, so that was a learning moment for us. At the end of the day the umpires made the decision and we had to move on."
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